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Yellow light on PS3, unable to be switched on. Have already replaced Hard Drive, problem still exists.

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Its the yellow light of death (same as the circle of death for 360).
Unfortunately this means there was a hardware failure. You can only have it replaced by Sony. If it is still under warranty, send it in. If not, contact Sony and see what they can do.

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PS3 yellow lights won't turn on


You may have the yellow light of death. You get the yellow light of death when the playstation stays on too long or alot of use or it may taken some damage.

May 09, 2013 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 turned off during a game, when you try and turn it on the light on the power switch goes green for about 3 seconds then switches off again and has a red flashing light


Your PS3's problems are actually being caused by a connection error between the hard drive and motherboard. Without a correctly working hard drive connection your PS3 is unable to function and goes into shutdown mode, with the flashing red light warning.

So in order to fix the blinking red light on your PS3 you will need to repair the connection between the HDD and the motherboard.There is actually a rather simple way that you can do this yourself; while your PS3 console is switched off, locate the hard drive enclosure on the end of your console. Remove the plastic cover plate, then using a screwdriver unscrew the hard drive itself from its socket. Carefully remove it completely, then put it back in again. Tighten the holding screw, then restart your PS3

Feb 03, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playing game for 30 minutes. Playstation suddenly switches to standby. When I put it back on switches to green light for seconds then yellow light and then back to red (standby). Disk brand new, now stuck...


2 days ago i got the yellow light of death when the 2.50 update came out rendering my ps3 to a 500 dollar paperweight.
I contacted sony about my problem and my console is under warrenty so it would be fixed for free so it didn't bother me to awful bad
the are sending me a box right now but i have fixed the yellow lights on my ps3 myself and it works now without a hitch
What i did is i took my 120 gb hard drive out of my ps3, Slaved it to my cpu tower and did a full format of that drive
then i took my hard drive and put it back in my ps3 and it ask me for the system software 2.50 disk so i downloaded the 2.50 update off of the ps3 website installed it and boom my ps3 work like new
this worked for me so far and have been playing my console for 6 hours now with out a hitch
maybe this will work for some of u aswell

Aug 14, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i switch my playstation on its stays on for about 2 seconds and then a flashes a yellow light and turns off and the stand by light keeps flashing


2 days ago i got the yellow light of death when the 2.50 update came out rendering my ps3 to a 500 dollar paperweight.
I contacted sony about my problem and my console is under warrenty so it would be fixed for free so it didn't bother me to awful bad
the are sending me a box right now but i have fixed the yellow lights on my ps3 myself and it works now without a hitch
What i did is i took my 120 gb hard drive out of my ps3, Slaved it to my cpu tower and did a full format of that drive
then i took my hard drive and put it back in my ps3 and it ask me for the system software 2.50 disk so i downloaded the 2.50 update off of the ps3 website installed it and boom my ps3 work like new
this worked for me so far and have been playing my console for 6 hours now with out a hitch
maybe this will work for some of u aswell

Jun 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 won't turn on just beeps then switches off


Please check if you get a yellow or red light flash and how many times does the ps3 beep before it shuts down.

If you get a Yellow Light, reason below:

If the hard-drive fails on the PS3 you may get a solid yellow led, The yellow light will show if the console is overheating as well, but the console shuts down so you don't it for long.


1)Turn off your playstation 3. If you think your ps3 has been caught by the heat, then wait at least 20 minutes and put it back on again

2) Check if there's any loose cable.

3) Try to put out your playstation's hard-drive, and put it back in. You might want to repeat this 2-3 times for better results.

If this did not work, then it is suggested to send your PS3 for repairs to Sony Customer Support

Let me know of this helped and please take time to rate my solution.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming

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Dec 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 when turning on will turn yellow turn off and


Can you turn on your PS3 and eject while it is trying to boot? I always thought the yellow light was a hard drive failure. You can get an SATA laptop drive and replace yourself if it is in fact ta HD failure.

Dec 20, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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It comes on and a yellow light flashes and then it goes back off


Take the hard drive out of the system and then put it back in. Sometimes the yellow light comes on because the hard drive becomes unseated.

Try turning on the system and if the yellow light comes on, try another hard drive in the PS3.

If the yellow light still comes on then you know that the main board in the ps3 is bad.


Dec 02, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Yellow light on console unable to start console.


First the Reason for Yellow Light

If the hard-drive fails on the PS3 you may get a solid yellow led, The yellow light will show if the console is overheating as well, but the console shuts down so you don't it for long.



1)Turn off your playstation 3. If you think your ps3 has been caught by the heat, then wait at least 20 minutes and put it back on again

2) Check if there's any loose cable.

3) Try to put out your playstation's hard-drive, and put it back in. You might want to repeat this 2-3 times for better results.

If this did not work, then it is suggested to send your PS3 for repairs to Sony Customer Support

Nov 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I have a yellow light that comes on


This is the "yellow light of death" most likely indicating a hard drive failure.

Please check this link: http://ps3.qj.net/Video-PS3-dies-after-yellow-light-of-death/pg/49/aid/111969

This happened to my PS3 and we had to send it back. Luckily it was still under warranty. PlayStation replaced it for free and paid for shipping both ways.

Jul 08, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 beeps yellow light


99.9% of the time this is a heat sync problem and your CPU and GPU need to be re-seated. I had the same problem with mine. COD4 was stuck inside to. I run my own pc repair business and fixed my own ps3. I am located in southern california. email dwdpcrepair@gmail.com or visit dwdpcrepair.com for shipping and costs. The work should be done by someone that knows what they are doing. 1st try removing the Hard drive and reconnecting it. Chances are this will not fix the problem but about 1% of the time it will due to the HD being connected securely.

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